Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tiny house draws big interest in accessory dwelling units, Maui to close power plant, Mauna Kea limits stargazing, subsistence fishing on Molokai, sewer spill on Big Island, Aloun Farms to offer ag plots, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Accessory dwelling unit at Capitol grounds, courtesy Hawaii Association of Realtors
Affordable housing advocates have erected a small home on the grounds of the Hawaii state Capitol. Associated Press.

State and city officials Monday urged people to walk through a 408-square-foot accessory dwelling unit temporarily erected on the grounds of the state Capitol to see whether it could help them generate rental income while easing Oahu’s housing shortage. Star-Advertiser.

A little home that was recently constructed on the State Capitol lawn is attracting lots of attention. Hawaii News Now.

A tiny house on the lawn at the State Capitol is attracting some big attention. Lawmakers are hoping it'll stir up enough talk to get homeowners to seriously consider purchasing accessory dwelling units, or ADU's. KITV.

An accessory dwelling unit (ADU), or tiny home, has been built on the Hawaii State Capitol lawn to raise awareness about statewide housing needs. KHON2.

Affordable housing advocates fear the Legislature won’t allocate enough money this year to have a meaningful effect on Hawaii’s housing shortage. Civil Beat.

Hawaii drivers arrested on a repeat DUI offense would have to agree to stop drinking alcohol for at least 90 days and wear an ankle bracelet that would alert a private company if they have a drink if they want to be released from jail on bail, under a bill that has so far this year sailed through the Legislature. Star-Advertiser.

A key Senate committee passed a bill Monday that sets a goal of having all ground transportation in Hawaii run on renewable fuel by 2045. Star-Advertiser.

State Rep. Andria Tupola on Monday confirmed her intent to run for chair of the Republican Party in Hawaii, setting up a showdown for the seat Republicans hope will help resuscitate the party before the 2018 mid-term elections. Hawaii News Now.

U.S. government attorneys want Hawaii’s lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s travel ban paused while a ruling blocking key sections is appealed. Associated Press.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced the schedule for her statewide Town Hall Tour during the April District Work Period, which includes meetings on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and in Hilo and Kona on Hawaii Island. Garden Island.

The University of Hawaii was awarded a $1.4 million grant to support minority students in science, technology, engineering and math programs. Pacific Business News.

Commentary: Legislators lay groundwork for local 5G phone service. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Airlines' nonstop service between the Aloha State and New Zealand has generated more than $247 million in total visitor spending over the past four years, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Pacific Business News.

Oahu

Aloun Farms is announcing today that it is offering to sell 427 acres carved up into 35 farmland “condominiums” in Wahiawa that buyers can use themselves, lease back to Aloun or have Aloun farm under a service contract. Star-Advertiser.

Lawsuit: Police Officers, Union Tried To Cover Up Bar Shooting. At least 10 Honolulu police officers were disciplined for their failure to properly investigate a high-profile shooting that involved a colleague. Civil Beat.

HPD Major Retires Amid Justice Department Corruption Probe. Gordon Shiraishi was a part of an elite surveillance unit at the center of the federal case involving Honolulu’s former police chief. Civil Beat.

Honolulu Police Chief Applications Are Rolling In. The number of candidates is in the “double-digits,” but details won’t be revealed until the Police Commission meets Wednesday. Civil Beat.

A jury has found a woman guilty of bribing federal agents in exchange for protecting her Hawaii massage parlor from prostitution raids and help with the U.S. citizenship test. Associated Press.

Kailua Beach sand project gets underway, triggers stream pollution fears. KITV.

The former executive director of a nonprofit organization that shelters and helps homeless people in Leeward Oahu find permanent housing is going to jail for a year for stealing more than a half-million dollars from the organization. Star-Advertiser.

At least 135 students and staff at Waipahu High will be tested after coming into contact with someone who was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii

Gov. David Ige made the 4:30 p.m. Friday deadline to submit nominations for three seats on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents to the state Senate for confirmation. But he missed one important to the Big Island.  West Hawaii Today.

A blocked sewer pipe sent an estimated 41,000 gallons of untreated sewage into the Wailuku River and Hilo Bay on Monday, causing the closure of the entire bay area to fishing, swimming and other water activities until further notice. Tribune-Herald.

Old Airport Cleanup Postponed, County Must Relocate Homeless. Big Island Video News.

Citing costs of operating the popular program each night, the Maunakea Observatories Support Services announced Monday it will limit guided stargazing to four nights a week starting April 17. The visitor center at 9,200 feet will remain open until 10 p.m. each night. Tribune-Herald.

Citing public safety and budget concerns, the free program at the Visitor Information Station will be reduced from seven nights a week, to four nights a week. Big Island Video News.

Maui


Maui Electric Company has filed an Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice as it plans for the retirement of its Kahului Power Plant and a modernization of its grid to accommodate more renewable energy. Maui Now.

Approximately 4,125 gallons of wastewater overflowed on Alamaha Street in Kahului on Monday. Maui Now.

The leasehold interest in the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, which sits on 12 oceanfront acres along Ka’anapali Beach, has sold for approximately $317 million. Star-Advertiser.

A Maui woman says she was in more pain than childbirth after getting sick from rat lungworm disease. KHON2.

Kauai

In the first test of its kind, the Navy’s “next generation” ship-based air and missile defense radar, known as the SPY-6, successfully tracked a short-range ballistic missile target launched from Kauai last month, Naval Sea Systems Command said. Star-Advertiser.

If the Lihue post office is moved, new owners wanting to make changes to the Rice Street building would be subject to a review process. Garden Island.

Plants, bugs and other pests will be in the spotlight at the Courtyard Marriott at Coconut Beach on April 20 and 21 at the first Hawaii Invasive Pest Symposium. Garden Island.

Molokai

A proposal to set aside an area on the north shore of Molokai for subsistence fishing will be heard during a public scoping meeting this week, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced. Maui News.

Lanai

A long-planned 100-acre agricultural park on the island of Lanai, which is owned by Oracle Corp. billionaire founder Larry Ellison, is finally starting to gain some traction. Pacific Business News.